There are no filming locations available for this reserve.
Rocherpan is a coastal nature reserve teeming with birds and colourful wildflowers.
(Please note the pan is currently empty due to the dry conditions in the Western Cape – Updated February 2017)
Rocherpan is a coastal nature reserve teeming with birds and colourful wildflowers. The reserve, which lies 25km north of Velddrif on the Cape West Coast, consists largely of a seasonal vlei that is usually dry between March and June. Rocherpan was established as a nature reserve (930 hectares in size) in 1966, and the adjacent section of the Atlantic Ocean was declared a marine reserve in 1988 (150 hectares in size).
Rocherpan had a fortuitous start, when farmer Pierre Rocher arrived in this area in 1839 looking for improved summer grazing for his livestock. Rocher and his workers closed off the mouth of Papkuils River, forcing it to flow behind the dunes that separate the sandveld from the sea. This inadvertently created a perfect habitat for water birds, and the local species have thrived ever since. Along the coast you’ll see the rare and endangered black oystercatcher, the kelp gull and the Cape shoveller.
Rocherpan currently has eight eco-cabins available to be booked for accommodation, with the four newest cabins having just opened. Click here to download a map of the reserve to see where the cabins, pan, beach, and hiking trails are. Please call our reservations office to make your booking.
Rocherpan lies 25 km north of Velddrif on the coastal road. Velddrif can be reached on the West Coast Road (R27), that starts in Cape Town and takes you through Milnerton before running along the coast through Bloubergstrand, Melkbosstrand and Langebaan.
Karlyn Caroto, Mar 17, 2017 - Rocherpan Nature Reserve
My husband and I were looking to totally unwind. Spent the weekend at Rocherpan Nature Reserve - Oystercatcher.
It was so nice, quiet, tranquil. Good value for money. The weather was mid-twenties that weekend, so it was pleasant.
The cottage was super clean, well equipped, nice finishes, enough room for 2/3 people. The kitchen is just a little short on counter space to work....however it has all the amenities, and the best part about that space is that you get to look out at the view from all angles.
I was a little anxious as to what the eco-friendly toilet was going to be like....my husband found it very funny and was ready with the camera. But, ladies I can say that my experience was good, I was pleasantly surprised. Follow the instructions, use the fan...and you'r a-for-away. A change is good every now/then....besides, you'r doing your bit for the environment....that's a thumbs up in my books.
It's a small nature reserve, staff are friendly. Go there to relax, take a walk in the reserve, go to the beach, ride a bike. The best is reading a book and looking at the beautiful sunset.
Will definitely be back again...looking forward to winter when the pan is full and the birds congregate.
Chris and Jenny Sivertsen, Oct 2, 2016 - Rocherpan Nature Reserve
We just spent an extended weekend (booked for 2 nights but extended to 3) at Rocherpan and were blown away by the attention to detail of the bungalows, the service and the commitment of the staff and the beauty of the area. The bungalows are fitted better than most homes, the peace and tranquility overlooking the pan from the veranda is good for the soul and the hikes are a good challenge.. Definitely worth a visit again and again.
Hilary Blackburn, Aug 23, 2016 - Rocherpan Nature Reserve
Just spent the weekend at Rocherpan Nature Reserve and will definately be booking again during the flower season next year. The cottages were super clean, well equipped and spacious and the staff were all super friendly.
Hendrik Bosman, Aug 17, 2016 - Rocherpan Nature Reserve
What an experience!!!
The staff are very well informed, friendly and helpful. I phoned them a few times before our visit to find out about specific aspects and never did they hesitate with replies.
We stayed in Oystercatcher which is one of the smaller cottages and is impressed with the quality of the amenities. Anyone that complain about anything here does not know value for money and should just stay home. The insect screens are really good though in summer a beastie or two may slip-in so bring your own insecticide.
From a birders viewpoint the hides are excellent but from a bird photographer`s viewpoint these are useless to say the least as the Sunlight is always from the wrong direction and the hides are too far away for afternoon photography. That does not mean that I did not get a few excellent shots though :-)
Mark and Robyn Cowie, Feb 22, 2016 - Rocherpan Nature Reserve
We've just spent the past weekend at Rocherpan and can't wait to return . The accomodation , facilities and staff are outstanding . What a Peaceful , Relaxing and Tranquil setting . Thank-You Callum , Tanya and your Team for making us so welcome .